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Using climate projections to assess ecosystem vulnerability at scales relevant to managers

Publications Posted on: September 14, 2019
Land managers require information about the ongoing and potential effects of future climate to coordinate responses for ecosystems, species, and human communities at scales that are operationally meaningful. Our study focused on the vulnerability for all upland ecosystem types of Arizona and New Mexico in the southwestern United States.

Patterns and dynamics of vegetation recovery following grazing cessation in the California golden trout habitat

Publications Posted on: August 24, 2017
In 1978, the Golden Trout Wilderness area was established to protect the California golden trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss aguabonita)—a vulnerable subspecies of the rainbow trout that is endemic to California—and its habitat, which is currently restricted to a few streams within high-elevation meadows in the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range.

Potential relocation of climatic environments suggests high rates of climate displacement within the North American protection network

Publications Posted on: March 22, 2017
Ongoing climate change may undermine the effectiveness of protected area networks in preserving the set of biotic components and ecological processes they harbor, thereby jeopardizing their conservation capacity into the future. Metrics of climate change, particularly rates and spatial patterns of climatic alteration, can help assess potential threats.

Wilderness science in a time of change conference-Volume 1: Changing perspectives and future directions; 1999 May 23-27; Missoula, MT

Publications Posted on: May 12, 2016
Ten papers presented as plenary talks at the conference, "Wilderness Science in a Time of Change," are included.

An Economic Approach to Planting Trees for Carbon Storage

Publications Posted on: May 12, 2016
Abstract: Methods are described for evaluating economic and carbon storage aspects of tree planting projects (e.g., plantations for restoration, roundwood, bioenergy, and nonwood products). Total carbon (C) stock is dynamic and comprises C in vegetation, decomposing matter, soil, products, and fuel substituted. An alternative (reference) case is essential for project evaluation.

Atlas of current and potential future distributions of common trees of the eastern United States

Publications Posted on: May 12, 2016
This atlas documents the current and possible future distribution of 80 common tree species in the Eastern United States and gives detailed information on environmental characteristics defining these distributions. Also included are outlines of life history characteristics and summary statistics for these species.

Representing climate, disturbance, and vegetation interactions in landscape models

Publications Posted on: June 03, 2015
The prospect of rapidly changing climates over the next century calls for methods to predict their effects on myriad, interactive ecosystem processes. Spatially explicit models that simulate ecosystem dynamics at fine (plant, stand) to coarse (regional, global) scales are indispensable tools for meeting this challenge under a variety of possible futures.